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How to discuss salary expectations

How to Discuss Salary Expectations

Finally, when it felt like your village people wouldn’t leave you, that company decided to call you in for an interview, but all you had been planning was how to look like a corporate baddie. Oya, what will you say if they ask you what your salary expectations are?

I thought as much. Sha come close. Let me give you better tips.

Hey, street squad, We are back with another one, and this time, we want you to make us proud when they finally call you in for that interview.

tips on discussing salary expectations

So, how do you handle the salary question when it hits you?

1. Try to research

What do you mean you know nothing about the company or the role you are applying for? You are up against tens, if not hundreds, of competitors for that specific job. Therefore, you need to show the interviewer that you are knowledgeable about the company in all its aspects, which will give you a competitive edge.

Your research should answer questions like, “What is the normal salary range for this role in this industry?” “What are your skills worth? “How much does this company typically pay?”.

This is so you have something reasonable to say when the question arises. And remember, you can always come down but can’t go up.

2. Know your worth

When the numbers start flying, keep your cool. Don’t gasp like you’ve seen a ghost if they hit you with a lowball. Always discuss the contributions you are making. What abilities do you possess, and how can the company benefit from them?

It’s a marketplace where services are traded for a price. How much do you deserve, and how valuable are you? If you want to ask for ₦3m, for example, your previous achievements should tell them, “Yes, this person is worth it. If they could do that at that place, they should be able to do more here.”

The company might undervalue and underpay you if they don’t know how much you are worth. Once you are aware of your worth, negotiate with confidence.

3. Read the timing

Timing is everything. Don’t jump into the salary tango too early, or you’ll look like you’re only in it for the money (even if you are, let’s be real).

Wait for the interviewer to bring it up. If they’re playing hard to get, try the subtle approach: “I’m sure the salary for this role aligns with my experience and the industry standards.” If they’re stepping around it, you can lead with questions about growth opportunities or the company’s valuation of the role.

It’s all about finding the right moment to slide in your salary expectations without stepping on any toes.

Try dey pray o: You’ve done your part, researched, and practiced, and now it’s time to add a sprinkle of faith. It’s like jollof rice without seasoning—good but not quite there. Prayer works for me, and if it’s your thing, there’s no harm in trying it before any interview or salary negotiation.

So there you have it; you wouldn’t go into a dance battle without practicing your moves, so don’t go into a salary discussion unprepared.

Role-play with a friend, your reflection, or even your goat (they’re great listeners). Get comfortable with the conversation. Remember, you’re the hot akara everyone wants a piece of. So go out there, be bold, and secure the bag.

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